The High Birks, in the Duddon Valley is near the tiny village of Seathwaite in the southern part of the Lake District. It is an old working farmhouse dating back many years and enjoys idyllic peace and seclusion coupled with magnificent views and outstanding walking and hiking opportunities directly from the doorstep. The property was owned by the Forestry Commission and occupied by a tenant farmer until the late 1950s or early 1960s. It was first rented by the Grove School in 1967 and utilised as a field studies and “outward bound” centre until 1985. At that time the Forestry Commission decided that they wished to sell the property rather than renew the lease. The Birks proved to be such an outstanding asset for the school that in 1985 the PTA took up the opportunity offered to them by the Forestry Commission to purchase the freehold of the property at an advantageous price that reflected the significant improvements that the school had carried out whilst holding the tenancy. Over these early years of the school’s involvement with The Birks hundreds of Grove School students and many members of staff had gained significant benefits from spending a week or so there. These benefits included not only the academic opportunities provided by the Birks location but also, and perhaps even more importantly, an opportunity to develop social skills, learn to work as part of a team and establish the sort of friendships that last a lifetime. The Friends of Grove School works tirelessly to improve the facilities at the Birks. Over the past 8 years we have brought the building up to “fit for purpose” standards in the main house and in doing so invested many thousands of pounds and volunteer hours in the project. Our ambition is to carry on to now fully renovate the adjoining barn. When completed we will be able to offer the building for use by other schools and organisations, so that they can enjoy this unique experience in stunning location.